Climate Change

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Hurricane Harvey: Climate denialism is killing people. Literally.

Mark Hertsgaard at The Nation writes—Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us: The tragedy of Hurricane Harvey starts with the suffering of innocents like Jordyn Grace, the 3-year-old who survived the flood by clinging to the body of her drowned mother, who had prayed with her last breaths. At least 60 people died in Texas because of the storm, over […]

September 7th

Mark Jacobson’s plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

Since 2009, Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy, and more than 85 coauthors have written a series of peer-reviewed journal articles evaluating the scientific, engineering, and economic potential of transitioning the world’s energy infrastructures to 100% […]

September 6th

Jerry Brown goes to Russia – Climate change on the table Eastern Economic Forum

California Governor Jerry Brown will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, a Pacific port city located in the far Southeast corner of Russia near the borders of China and North Korea, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, local time. The purpose of his trip is to  “further expand California’s trans-Pacific collaboration to combat climate change,” according to a news […]

September 4th

Sea level rise will sink Trump-backing VA island. Sen. Kaine wants to prevent that.

Jenna Portnoy at The Washington Post wrote an interesting piece about Tangier Island (Sinking into Chesepeake Bay due to sea level rise) and Sen. Tim Kaine, the Virginia Democrat. Despite the fact most islanders didn’t vote for Kaine when he ran for governor or senator, he’s determined to help them deal with their plight. Which means getting Congress to cough up […]

September 3rd

Hurricane Harvey: Playing the blame game

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — the most destructive storm ever to strike the United States — the finger pointing has begun and the blame game is in full swing. Climate activists claim Hurricane Harvey is proof that climate change is increasing the likelihood of more powerful storms. Climate deniers say, “Storms happen. Get […]

September 2nd

GOP wants to speed Hurricane Harvey relief to Gulf Coast. But Trump’s budget cuts would hurt recovery in the long run

Well, Hallefriggin’lujah. Our nation’s usually austerity-minded Republicans—except when it’s a pet project, subsidies for some favored commercial enterprise, or the Pentagon—are saying they plan to take action as early as next week in passing a $5.9 billion spending bill to cover the immediate costs of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey’s deluge delivered to the Gulf Coast […]

September 1st

From six months ago: Hell and high water – Houston is a sitting duck for the next big hurricane

In light of this week’s disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey, we thought we’d revisit this prophetic piece from ProPublica. Just six months ago, they asked: “Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And […]

September 1st